Restored 200 Year Old Church
Restored 200 Year Old Church
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 private bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 private bath
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Bookeen Hall is a 200 year old church about 20 minutes from Galway City and within easy reach of the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and Connemara.

We offer a private room (with a king size bed and a single bed) with a private bathroom. For larger groups we can make a second room available (with a king size bed), so can accommodate up to 5. We live here with our dog and look forward to meeting you!

We recommend having a rental car. The nearest train station is 8 miles away in Athenry!

The space

A protected building and national monument, Bookeen Hall is a former Church of Ireland Chapel built in 1820. Part of the Dunsandle estate, the church was used for services by the estate’s Church of Ireland congregation. Built in stone, the rectangular hall with its large gothic windows and solid bell-tower can be seen across fields and woodland, making it a distinctive and well known local landmark.

It was deconsecrated in 1920 and 200 years after it was built it was given a new lease of life and converted into a two bedroom home.

Inside the interiors are bright, open and contemporary. The church is comprised of a large open plan living/dining room and two bedrooms. The guest bedroom available to visitors has access to its own bell tower/reading room with great views of the surrounding countryside and private bathroom complete with claw-foot bathtub. The guest room has a king size bed and a single bed and can accommodate three people.

Bookeen Hall is situated on the edge of Dunsandle wood which has some great walking and running routes, which your hosts, both keen runners, would be happy to show you. Quiet and peaceful, it is surrounded by woodland, and fields full of cattle and sheep.

Easily accessible by car, Bookeen Hall is just 2 mins from the Dublin / Galway motorway (Dublin airport is 2 hours away); about 1 hour from Shannon airport; a 20 min drive from beautiful Galway city; and located just a 10 min drive from the neighbouring towns of Athenry and Loughrea, both of which have a good selection of cafes, restaurants, and bars, and good public transport links. The church is ideally located for day trips to Connemara and the Cliffs of Moher and Burren region.

Enjoy our home baking with tea/coffee when you arrive and a continental breakfast each morning.

What to expect: a restored church – with a light, bright and homey feel to it. It’s also home to a greyhound called Mouse who can’t wait to meet you!

Free parking on premises
Family/kid friendly
Wireless Internet

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

No smoking inside.

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector

1 night minimum stay

381 Reviews

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Chacha User Profile
September 2017
The church is lovely, peaceful and very comfortable. All the nooks and crannies really give it a charm and make it a great value. Chris was very welcoming , helpful and respectful, and gave us a great map that guided me on a fabulous walk around the beautiful forest and field that surrounds the church. I would certainly stay here again!

Guy User Profile
September 2017
We warmly recommend this beautiful church, magnifically renovated and decorated with style. Chris was very helpful with his recommendations which made our stay even more grande! A very well set table, again with style, with healthy breakfast for you to start your day. Animal lovers you will enjoy!

Peter User Profile
August 2017
Chris and Orla were amazing hosts. Loved the area and the history. Very helpful with our vacation.

Erin User Profile
July 2017
Gorgeous! Hosts go above and beyond. Highly recommend!

Sarah User Profile
June 2017
Chris and Orla's (and Mouse's!) home was a super place to stay for a few days. A good base to explore surrounding areas, and they were fantastic hosts. Not only did they do an amazing job renovating the old church but they also served delicious breakfasts! We would highly recommend this accommodation!

Chris and Orla's place was such a treat. Friendly travelling advice, a beautiful location, and possibly the best breakfast I've had my life.

Rhonda User Profile
March 2017
Beautiful hosts with a beautiful home. Everything from the comfortable bed to the delicious breakfast, made us wish we stayed for much longer! The recommendations for Clonmacnoise and the ruins close by were amazing! Thanks Orla and Chris for an amazing stay, we loved our stay at your place! Kind regards

Galway, IrelandJoined in May 2013
Chris User ProfileChris is a superhost.


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